Press/About The Artist Steven Calapai...

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Steven Calapai Gallery Premiere 2019
Steven Calapai, Designer and Producer Live Charity Event 2019
The American Cancer Society/Sohojohnny
Pictured With Deney Terrio
Photo Credit- Barry Brown Photography
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Spending Time With Friend and Former Heavyweight Champ Evander Holyfield 2019
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Red Carpet Charity Event Arrivals With Jimmy Hart and Hulk Hogan 2018

Artist Steven Calapai Gallery 5. 12. 21 With Mark "The Animal" Mendoza of Twisted Sister and Johnny Rizzo at Motorcycle Mayhem

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Artist Steven Calapai was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Steven started his career as an actor/print model at an early age and has worked with top TV & Film Companies, agents, and managers. He was represented by the same organizations that represented Menudo and Rickie Martin.

 

At the age of 10, following a very horrible divorce, Steven saw his family torn apart. Devastated, Steven turned to art and music. He spent hours alone in closets, drawing and escaping this new pain that would last for years. Music and art were saving graces in his life. Calapai taught himself how to play the drums and, having no money, he would scour the weekly garbage’s at night on his bicycle to try and find someone throwing out a drum set. After many tries, he succeeded. “I found an old Ludwig set in the trash. It was champagne pearl. Not an extremely popular color with teenagers. I remember finding sandpaper and black and white house paint in our garage. I worked so hard sanding all the pearl paint off and painted the set black and white stripes. The set was a huge hit with the other kids, a lot better than my drumming those days.  I also painted the bicycle”.  Here is where his passion for the arts was born. “I remember getting yelled at by my mother for drawing on the mail, as there was nothing else left to draw on”.

 

In his teenage years, Calapai turned to modeling and acting, as well as playing in garage bands. As there was no internet or social media and money was scarce, Steven learned how to promote himself using the tools that were available to him, his vision, surroundings, and his hands. Sketching out promotional ads and flyers, using markers, pen, pencil and even crayon to create flyers for the bands and his newfound passion for acting. "We couldn't afford head-shots back then. I remember having a friend take black and white pictures and heading to photo mat to get them developed. I did everything I could to make them look professional and after many tries it worked. From transfer letters and stencils to adding colors, nothing was going to stop me".

 

Throughout his later teenage years Calapai’s intrigue into the arts was growing even stronger. Nights at Studio 54 having incredible conversations with the likes of Andy Warhol and David Bowie, the art galleries of NY City, journeying through different types of neighborhoods and cultures, storing everything he saw in his mind, constantly educating himself through art. Having played numerous times  and being a regular at CBGB in NY City's Hell's Kitchen, Steven was able to experience not only the sounds and conversations with Hilly Crystal (Owner,) David Byrne from The Talking Head's, Blondie and Iggy Pop, to name just a few, but the beginning of what now is called "Pop Art”.

 

Following a successful career in acting/print modeling, Steven tried his hand at a career in The Music Industry, where he was a great success. Working as a producer, session drummer, Grammy Member and studio owner, Steven has had the privilege to manage 2 Time #1 recording artist Freddie Scott. Mr. Scott's hits included: "You Got What I Need"-Sampled By rapper Biz Markie, #1 hit song "Hey Girl", #1 R&B hit, "Are You Lonely For Me Baby," and another 10 top thirty hits. While working with Scott, Steven set up and designed numerous public appearances, red carpet events and concerts.  Steven is proud to have worked with and appeared with Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Cuba Gooding Sr., Solomon Burke, Johnny Winter, Bruce Springsteen, Gary Us Bonds, Atlantic Records, Elijah Records and many more...  The conversations and stories he had with these incredible artists can be seen and felt throughout Steven's artwork.

 

As his popularity grew in the industry Steven turned his talents to managing actors. Having managed Cable Ace Award nominee, Billy McNamara, Steven was introduced to the world of film and Television. It was here that his passions in the arts grew even stronger. Mr McNamara's credits include: "Doing Time on Maple Drive", which was the highest rated TV program in Lifetime TV's history, "Brylecream Boys", Showtime's, "Beggars and Choosers", "Copy Cat" and many more.

 

Steven has handled press and public relations for many well-known celebrities and has worked with and provided designs for top organizations and celebrities including: The Michael Awards, starring Regis Philbin, Playboys 50th Anniversary hosted by Pamela Anderson, Reality Cares with an award going to Mark Burnett, Omarossa, Tommy Davidson from In Living Color, to name just a few. Steven created the TV concept "Reality Rewind" starring Gideon Horowitz from NBC'’S-The Restaurant With Rocco Dispierito. Calapai has interviewed the likes of Mark Burnett and Donald Trump and worked with producers Michael Tadross Jr and Mark Lipsky at EMPI, Entertainment Management Partners in NY City. Mr. Lipsky produced "The Arsenio Hall Show" and provided management and business management for Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Chris Rock, John Belushi and numerous cast members from Saturday Night Live. Steven worked with the son of famed Beatles Producer George Martin while at EMPI also, Greg Martin. "The imagery of Hollywood is forever tattooed in my memory and can be seen throughout my artwork."

 

Steven was privileged to work with and be partnered on a handful of TV projects with such a great friend and professional in Michael Tadross Jr.  

Having suffered from a devastating loss of a stepchild in his 30’s and seeing how so many children in this world are in need, Steven has been a major contributor to numerous charities. Steven Calapai donates artwork and his time to numerous charities including LLS, The American Cancer Society and Mandate for Humanity. Giving is close to his heart and will remain as such.

“My imagery and journey of 25 years of entertainment, spirituality, adversity, triumph, tragedy and pop culture is infused into my exciting new collection of mesmerizing art.”

 

Turning a negative into a positive...

Throughout the Covid 19 Pandemic, Calapai has created this incredible new collection of over 100 pieces of original art. “As I watched lives and businesses become devastated and a world that needed healing, I created this collection to bring a new hope to the world”.

The collection can be seen on the website, http://www.stevencalapai.net and numerous pop up art galleries.

Calapai is currently the owner of the new Park South Gallery. “This new art gallery is like a rock concert celebration of life through art.” This new incredible concept is attracting the attention of the media, celebrities and everyone looking for hope in these trying times. Calapai is garnering press and attention the likes that has not been seen in a very long time.

“Look beyond the layers, ask yourself what do you see? What you see will enlighten and inspire with hope, reflection and peace."

Steven is an Internationally recognized celebrity artist, sculptor and designer.

Steven has been coined "The James Bond of the Art World."

Life Quote- "I'm glad I stayed in touch with the boy that dreamed impossible dreams"

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Artist Steven Calapai With Tony Nominee
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Spending Time With 2 Time Tony Nominee/American Idol Finalist Constantine Maroulis 2019
Artist Steven Calapai With Jimmy Fallon.
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VIP Arrivals Norwood Club Fashion Show  NYC Artist Steven Calapai in Brioni Photo Credit Hideki Aono 5-21

Artist Steven Calapai With Sergey Kovalev

WBA World Champion

Madison Square Garden Red Carpet Arrivals 2019

Artist Steven Calapai NBC Podium

With The Tonight Show Host

Jimmy Fallon Belmont Stakes 2018

Artist Steven Calapai and Guest

Stonybrook Hospital Charity Ball

Red Carpet Arrivals 2019

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Legend Jim Leyritz Red Carpet

Arrivals Blemont Stakes 2018

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Artist Steven Calapai With Former

NY Ranger Hockey Great Ron Duguay

Charity Event 2018

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Artist Steven Calapai With Miss NY

VIP Red Carpet Arrivals

Charity Event 2018

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Artist Steven Calapai Supporting The Leukemia and Lymphoma

Society Man of the Year Gala 

VIP Charity Event 2018

Artist Steven Calapai With Rapper Rob Base Autism Fundraiser
Charity Event 2019

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Artist Steven Calapai With  American Idol Finalist/2 Time Tony Award Nominee Constantine Maroulis

VIP Charity Event 2018

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Artist Steven Calapai Helping Support The NY Patrolmen's Benevolent Society Fundraiser

Charity Event 2019

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Artist Steven Calapai VIP Backstage Arrivals
Beach Boys Tour 2019 Los Angeles

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Artist Steven Calapai Supporting The Southampton Art Center Fundraiser 2019

Hamptons NY

Photo Credit Southampton Art Center

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Artist Steven Calapai, Sal Valentinetti VIP Charity Event Arrivals 2018 NY
Photo Credit Brown Studios

 

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Artist Steven Calapai Supporting The Michael Magro Foundation Charity With Big Mike Sangiamo 103.1 Max FM DJ and
Legislator Joshua Lafazan
 

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Artist Steven Calapai Supporting The Southampton Art Center Fundraiser 2019 Radio/Harlen Freidman

Hamptons NY

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Artist Steven Calapai, Steven Calapai
Art Gallery
Posing With SOLD Artwork NY 10. 2020
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Artist Steven Calapai Supporting The Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society Man of the Year National Record Breaking Winner Asaf German (left) With Attorney Mitch Diamond
VIP Charity Event 2019

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Artist Steven Calapai Live at 94.3 FM The Shark

Radio NY With On Air Personality

"Big Mike" Sangiamo 2020

Artist Steven Calapai, Pictured W/Ryan Roxie-(Alice Cooper)
Backstage Arrivals-Alice Cooper World Tour NYC

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Artist Steven Calapai, Steven Calapai Art Gallery
Posing With His SOLD Framed Artwork
NY 10. 2020
Photo Credit Barry Brown Studios

Artist Steven Calapai, Steven Calapai LI Hall of Fame Backstage 2019 Pictured Steven Van Zandt
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Artist Steven Calapai, (Suit by Versace) Steven Calapai Art Gallery Opening NY
VIP Red Carpet Arrival
NY 10. 2020
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Artist Steven Calapai With The Beach Boys

VIP Red Carpet Arrivals

NY 4. 2020

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Artist Steven Calapai VIP Red Carpet Arrivals Charity Event NY
Pictured Left-Fmr. NY Yankee's Cecil Fielder, James Leyritz With Constantine Maroulis
Photo Credit Barry Brown Studios

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Artist Steven Calapai With Jimmy Fallon Belmont Stakes NBC Podium VIP Arrivals

NY 6. 2019

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Artist Steven Calapai With His Creation "Shapes",
Steven Calapai Art Gallery
NY 10. 2020
 

 Artist Steven Calapai Pictured With NY Yankee Coach VP MLB Joseph Toree Belmont Stakes VIP Dinner Photo Credit Belmont Stakes Staff

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VIP Arrivals With "Soho Johnny"

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Artist Steven Calapai Pictured With Nassau Legislator Joshua Lafazan
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Artist Steven Calapai Backstage Arrivals Pictured With Fmr. NY Yankee Legend Bernie Williams

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Magazine Photo Shoot 2021

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Artist Steven Calapai Featured in Vegas Magazine The Arts Issue

Steven Calapai Artist...IN THE NEWS...Modern Luxury Magazine/Vegas Features the Art of Steven Calapai

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CRITIC'S REVIEW OF THE ARTWORK OF STEVEN CALAPAI

To look at your work, I am truly surprised that you are self-taught. What beautiful pieces. I particularly love that you picked one of my favorite mythemes, the tree to symbolically amplify. It represents many things in many cultures and has prevailed for millennia as a symbol connecting man to his roots, to the heavens and to epistemic branches of thought, in most religious texts. Your trees are alive, breathing, spiritual semiotic messaging. In fact, it's almost as if this whole series channels the deepest messaging about our need to live a life that can integrate ourselves with ourselves, with other cultural "trees" and with the heavens to which our branches wish to self-extend. Congratulations, my friend.  You might have come to this world (and returned from the underworld) just to create this lovely, soul-stirring interpretation of the sources of focus that should be important to humans. I can feel the joy you felt when you completed it. More importantly, it makes me feel more connected to the Natural World of myself. It will do this for most viewers. And you are right, yours is a moving story, not just for other artists. It fascinates and inspires on many levels.

I am a mythologist and depth psychologist, in addition to being a professor, writer, editor/muse/structural consultant for screen and fiction writers.  (@write_into_culture). The first thing I teach creators of any cultural product is to understand the language and narrative expressed by their own soul/heart epistemes and the way that narrative can - and should - resonate in the rendering of other cultural "narratives," "voices" and themes, whether written, oral or visual. Your work seems to be channeled through a whole other energic source than the one you allowed to animate the rest of your life. This is not only powerful to witness, it explains why your work speaks to people/patrons from all over the world.  Very nice to know you. And your work. "Leonora Francesca Flores" 

The Artwork of Steven Calapai was just Featured in Livein-Style NYC Magazine January Edition!!!

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